Trail conditions at Staunton State Park

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Staunton State Park trails report for November 2, 2019
This report is accurate as of the above date and will be changing this week due to dryer, warmer weather. Due to recent storms all trails in the park have some degree of precipitation on them. Melting and re-freezing will take place this week, so expect some icy patches as this occurs. The snow cover is not deep---several inches-- so cross country skiing is not possible, but snow shoeing can occur on some upper trails such as Bear Paw, West Meadow, Chimney Rock, Marmot Passage and upper Mason Creek. Spikes are recommended for most upper trails.

Lower trails
These include lower Mason Creek, Staunton Ranch, Chase Meadow, the Cabin District area, Davis Ponds, the access road and climbing access trails. These trails are a mixture of slush, mud and ice with some dry areas and will dry quickly in the next several days.

Upper trails
Upper Mason Creek (MC)--snow covered and icy with some packing
Border Line (BL)--snow covered and icy
Bear Paw (BP)--snow covered and icy
Old Mill (OM)--snow covered with some packing
Marmot Passage (MP)--snow covered and snow packed with some dry areas on the west side
Scout Line (SL)--snow covered with some dry areas
Chimney Rock (CR)--snow covered but broken in
Elk Falls (EF)--snow covered with some dry areas
Lions Back (LB)--snow covered but broken in
Lions Head (LH)--snow covered but broken in
West Meadow (WM)--snow covered but broken in
Bugling Elk (BE)--snow packed and icy with drying on west side
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Location: 12102 S. Elk Creek Rd, Pine CO 80470
Active park hours 6:00am-10:00pm
Campground quiet hours are 10:00pm-6:00am
Phone: 303-816-0912
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Our mission is working in partnership with others to preserve, promote, and protect the wildlife, natural beauty and historic legacy of Staunton State Park for current and future generations.
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Replied by FriendsofStauntonStatePark on topic Trail conditions at Staunton State Park

Trails report for Staunton State Park for November 9, 2019:

Warmer temperatures and dry weather has resulted in dryer conditions for many trails in the park. ALL lower trails are dry while thawing and re-freezing has resulted in icy conditions on many of the upper trails. With the exception of the early part of this week, warmer and dryer conditions will result in more drying of trails and a continuation of thawing and re-freezing with some icy conditions on upper trails.

Cautions: Mason Creek Canyon has long stretches of dangerous, glassy ice. Bikers and hikers should use extreme caution, especially coming down the canyon. Upper trails also have stretches of ice. Spikes are recommended for some of the upper trails due to these icy conditions.

No snow shoeing or skiing is possible on any trails in the park.

Lower trails: with the exception of a few shady spots where the trail is icy, lower trails are dry. These include Staunton Ranch (SR). Davis Ponds (DP), lower Mason Creek (MC), all climbing access trails, the cabin district trails, Chase Meadow (CM) and the access road.

Upper trails:
  • Mason Creek canyon (MC)--long stretches of dangerous, glassy ice...caution is needed, especially coming down the trail
  • upper Mason Creek (MC)--stretches of packed snow and ice along with some drying....spikes recommended
  • Bear Paw (BP)--icy and snow packed....some drying on the upper sections.
  • Old Mill (OM)--drying mixed with a few snow packed and icy spots
  • Border Line (BL)--mostly dry with some areas of ice and snow pack
  • Scout Line (SL)--some drying with areas of snow pack and ice
  • Marmot Passage (MP)--east side and summit--some snow packed and icy spots---west side is mostly dry
  • Chimney Rock (CR)--snow packed and icy, especially on the lower (east) side with drying areas on the upper sections
  • Elk Falls (EF)--mostly dry
  • Lions Back (LB)--areas of snow pack and ice with some drying
  • Lions Head (LH)--snow packed
  • West Meadow (WM)--snow pack mixed with drying conditions
  • Bugling Elk (BE)--drying conditions especially on the west side with some snow pack in shaded areas
Friends of Staunton State Park Website
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Staunton State Park Website
Location: 12102 S. Elk Creek Rd, Pine CO 80470
Active park hours 6:00am-10:00pm
Campground quiet hours are 10:00pm-6:00am
Phone: 303-816-0912
Mission Statement:
Our mission is working in partnership with others to preserve, promote, and protect the wildlife, natural beauty and historic legacy of Staunton State Park for current and future generations.
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